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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you growing bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain management options
Do we need to point out the complete absence of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...